Today marks the start of the 22nd Commonwealth Games tournament in Birmingham.
Often known as the Friendly Games, this international multi-sport event involves athletes
from all over the Commonwealth Of Nations. With thousands of competitors, over 15
different sports and hundreds of events, the Commonwealth Games is a true celebration of
human endeavour and achievement. On Antstream Arcade, we have a wide range of
videogames that encompass many of the events of this sporting festival. So join us as we
head to the virtual stadium and select 12 events from Antstream Arcade that will feature in
the Commonwealth Games over the coming few days. Are you ready? Get set – go!
3x3 basketball is an action-packed and frantic version of the sport and replaces the 5x5
format of the 2006 and 2018 games.
On Antstream Arcade: Arch Rivals (Arcade)
While it’s 2x2 rather than 3x3, the Midway arcade game Arch Rivals perfectly replicates this
quick and exciting cut-down version of basketball.
Event: Beach Volleyball
Teams of two men or women will compete in beach volleyball this year, playing the best of
three sets and trying not to get sand between their toes.
On Antstream Arcade: US Championship V-Ball (Arcade)
This Technos simulation pitches beach bums George and Michael into a nationwide
tournament. Control the pair as they fight for the multi-million dollar cash prize.
The noble sport of boxing is featuring once more in the Commonwealth Games. Both men
and women will be competing across a variety of weight divisions.
On Antstream Arcade: Boxing (Atari 2600)
Published by Activision a mere 42 years ago, this Atari 2600 game presents an overhead
view of the ring as two boxers slug it out.
Event: Cycling – Mountain Bike
Plummeting down steep hills and taking on gruelling ascents, there are few events as
challenging as cross-country mountain bike cycling.
On Antstream Arcade: Pro Mountain Bike Simulator (C64)
Take on the computer or a friend in Alternative Software’s demanding simulation of an
obstacle-littered mountain bike course.
Event: Hammer Throw
As part of a quartet of throwing events (along with shot, discus and javelin), the exciting
hammer throw tests both an athlete’s strength and agility.
On Antstream Arcade: Hammer Throw – The Games (C64)
The hammer throw is one of many excellent events in Epyx’s The Games. Compete for a
gold medal, and be careful not to wrap it around your neck!
This event tests athletes to the limit as they charge around the track as quickly as possible
while leaping over the rectangular hurdles.
It’s a change of perspective as the player sits behind their athletic avatar in the Mega Drive
game Summer Challenge. The timing of the jumps is critical.
We’ll get to the point: this is one of the most popular events in the Commonwealth Games
as athletes strain every sinew to hurl their sleek spears as far as possible.
On Antstream Arcade: Javelin – Summer Challenge (Mega Drive)
As with hurdles, the player views their sporting star from behind as they attempt to get on
the podium with a mammoth javelin throw.
There’s so much to the ancient martial art of judo: balance, discipline, focus, and leverage
are all key elements that the competitors will need to triumph.
Promoted and authorised by British judoka Brian Jacks, Uchi Mata is an accurate simulation
that features most of the moves from the sport.
Event: Pole Vault
The pole vault is another dramatic field event where athletes propel themselves to
On Antstream Arcade: Pole Vault – Summer Challenge (Mega Drive)
The third of our Summer Challenge events on the Sega Mega Drive, skill, timing and power
are all necessary skills here.
This male-only event requires extraordinary upper body strength from its competitors as
they perform incredible mid-air acrobatics.
Both men and women can attempt to master the rings in this event from Epyx’s classic
multi-sport simulation, The Games.
Event: Uneven Bars
Only women compete in the uneven bars, performing spectacular routines on the fibreglass
bars that are sometimes positioned as high as 2.5 metres off the ground.
Try your hand at a complex sequence in the uneven bars event from Epyx’s The Games. The
more elaborate, the better the score!
Bring on the power! Freestyle wrestling features in this year’s Commonwealth Games as a
range of weight classifications compete in a physical challenge of strength and skill.
It may be a touch more theatrical, yet Epyx’s Championship Wrestling contains all this
popular sport's thrills and power moves.
There’s plenty more sporting fun to be had on Antstream Arcade – play for free, today!